Abraham Lucas didn’t return to Washington State for another season to see how many accolades he could collect as one of the nation’s top returning offensive tackles, but the fifth-year senior might have to brace for them anyway.
Lucas was recently tabbed a preseason fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele, whose widely popular magazine, “Phil Steele’s College Football Preview,” hit stands earlier this week.
Along with his All-America nod, Lucas, who spurned the NFL to play one more collegiate season, was named to Steele’s preseason All-Pac-12 Conference first team along with WSU wide receiver Renard Bell, a sixth-year senior who led the Cougars with 33 receptions for 337 yards and two touchdowns during the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season.
Lucas and Bell were two of 11 total Cougars named to Steele’s preseason all-conference teams.
Running back Max Borghi, another player who declined the option to leave school early for professional football, earned a second-team nod, as did senior offensive lineman Liam Ryan and junior “edge” Brennan Jackson.
Linebacker Jahad Woods, cornerback Jaylen Watson and wide receiver Travell Harris earned third-team mention, while “edge” Ron Stone Jr., safety Daniel Isom and long snapper Simon Samarzich were all included on the fourth team.
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